When I heard that the chairman, Transportation Committee and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz all said supported the Department of Transportation's (DOT) proposal for bike lanes I was very surprised, Now I read in your paper that they are having second thoughts.
Before giving the go-ahead to DOT, all they had to do was get in their own cars and drive down the service road of Queens Boulevard heading toward the BQE. They would have known just from that ride what the bike lanes were doing to the traffic at the Queens Center Mall, Elmhurst and Woodside.
The traffic tie-ups would have given them second thoughts about bike lanes in Rego Park and Forest Hills.
Then come back in the opposite direction and stay on the main road of Queens Boulevard and try to get off via the slip lane to make the turn onto Woodhaven Boulevard. It's impossible.
Talk to Community Board 4, who told the mayor that they did not want the bike lanes, but the mayor said put them in anyway. The last time I checked, this mayor works for the people of New York City, not the other way around.
Then the bike lanes came to Rego Park, and now CB6 members and Koslowitz see firsthand what these bike lanes will do in Forest Hills. The service roads will be a disaster and parking spaces taken away for bike lanes will have an economic impact on local businesses.
A little too late.